One of the most well-known former Miami Hurricanes football players has come out with some not-so-nice words for Nevin Shapiro, the former UM booster who has blown the whistle on thousands of alleged UM NCAA violations. Michael Irvin played at Miami over 20 years ago so he's come out swinging against Shapiro.
Irvin was on ESPN Radio Los Angeles Thursday morning and talked about some of his thoughts on the man he calls a "snake and rapist".
I called him a snake and rapist because think about it this this way...he's snaking people, but you are a rapist. How do you walk into someone's home. Forget football. Forget the University of Miami. I don't care about it. How do you walk into someone's home and sit and eat dinner with them? Watch and look at their kids? Look at all the things in their home that they worked hard over the years to gather and then you take a check and then you go and blow away all of their savings? Man it doesn't get any lower than this. [In reference to Nevin Shapiro's $930 million dollar Ponzi scheme] It doesn't get any lower than this. You sit with people and you not only take money from these people and you go here and you rape these kids of their future.
While I understand where Irvin is coming from, some of the blame has to lay at the feet of the Miami athletics department. Shapiro provided a substantial amount of evidence to Yahoo! Sports which clearly points to UM aiding this behavior.
All things considered, Irvin recommends a lighter punishment for Miami.
I hope all things are considered as to where the source is and where it is coming from in all of it with the kids. A lot of them have gone. There is still maybe 12 or 13 kids who are still on the squad. I hope they leave it in a place and I hope they consider coach Al Golden.
Signs point to a harsher punishment for Miami. The NCAA is investigating though we're not sure when a ruling will come down.